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  • additional view of artwork by Davis Lisboa



Size: 15.7 H x 15.7 W x 1.6 in

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Art Description

Painting: Oil on Canvas.


The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona

Davis Lisboa, "#RobertFilliou12", 2017, oil on canvas, 15.7 x 15.7 x 1.57 in (40 x 40 x 3.5 cm)

What/who inspired the work?
Conceptually, I was inspired by the Robert Filliou's Galerie légitime (Legitimate gallery), a commercial art gallery created in the artist hat. Formally, I was inspired by a Austin Lane Crothers's portrait, 46th Governor of Maryland (1908–1912), wearing a top hat.

What do you hope its viewers will feel/think?
I hope that viewers know that there is a narrative in art history that deals with "the artists who have created their own museums". This discourse is constructed through Marcel Duchamp (Boîte-en-valise, 1936-1941), Robert Filliou (Galerie Légitime, ca. 1962-1963) and Marcel Broodthaers (Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, 1968-1972). To follow this line I founded The Davis Museum (http://www.davismuseum.com), the first and only museum of contemporary art created in a ballot box through Facebook (2009-ongoing). This cultural entity was recognized by the Government of Catalonia, Spain (http://serveisoberts.gencat.cat/equipaments/28545) has several sections and one of them is "The Paintings Section From Davis Museum ". This wing is divided into portraits and still lifes. The portraits are about Marcel Duchamp, Robert Filliou and Marcel Broodthaers, while still lifes are about the Boîte-en-valise (Box in a suitacase), the Galerie légitime (Legitimate gallery) and the Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles (Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles).

Why did you choose the medium, the frame format and color?
I chose oil on canvas because I am interested in painting not only because of its versatility as a medium but also because of its rich historical repository of images and ideas. I only use the best materials: linen fabrics, Blockx essence of turpentine and linseed oil and Old Holland oil paintings. As the Davis Museum is a cube, I chose the frame of the paintings to be square. And since the Davis Museum's brand color is blue and white, I chose to have the same color in the paintings.


The Alejandro Vásquez Herrero Collection, Viladecans, Spain.
The Daniel Marcoux Collection, Montreal, Canada.
The Francesc Torres Collection, Barcelona, Spain.
The Geert De Kegel Collection, Zele, Belgium
The Yellowstone Club Collection, Big Sky, Montana, USA.

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Keywords: Cerulian, Galerie Légitime, High Hat, 19th Century, Robert Filliou, Head Face, Man, Silk Hat, Legitimate Gallery, Azureous, Sky-colored, Moustache

Subjects: Portrait

Styles: Documentary, Figurative, Impressionism, Portraiture, Illustration

Mediums: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Prints: Portrait Art Prints, Documentary Art Prints, Figurative Art Prints, Impressionism Art Prints, Portraiture Art Prints, Illustration Art Prints, Oil Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints

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